Dog walking on beach with family

The “dog” days of summer

Interested in camping or daytripping with your pup? We’ve got a great list of dog friendly spots!

At Ontario Parks, we love dogs. Our four-legged friends even carried a spot on our #30x30Challenge (and we LOVED seeing pictures of your tail-wagging nature buddies!).

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It’s important to remember, though, that not everyone is comfortable with your pup, and that loose dogs can injure wildlife.

dogs walking trailPets are allowed in all parks except designated campground areas in Awenda, Balsam Lake, Pinery and Voyageur and Achray, as well as Canisbay, Mew Lake and Pog Lake campgrounds in Algonquin.

We ask dog owners to be respectful to nature and their fellow park-goers by:

  • dog walking on leashkeeping dogs on a leash no longer than 2 metres (6 feet) unless in an off-leash area
  • keeping dogs out of swimming areas, comfort stations and roofed accommodation sites
  • preventing dogs from damaging or disturbing park vegetation and wildlife
  • not leaving dogs unattended or allow it to make excessive noise
  • picking up after your pup’s waste (stoop and Scoop bags are available at most gatehouses)

Many of our parks feature designated canine spaces, including:

Southwest Region Central Region
Bronte Creek – Exercise only
MacGregor Point – Exercise only
Point Farms – Beach only
Port Burwell – Beach only
Pinery – Beach only
Rock Point – Exercise and beach
Rondeau – Beach only
Selkirk – Exercise only
Algonquin – Exercise only
Arrowhead – Exercise and beach
Awenda – Beach only
Craigleith – Beach only
Grundy Lake – Exercise and beach
Killbear – Exercise and beach
Mikisew – Exercise and beach
Oastler – Beach only
Restoule – Exercise and beach
Sibbald Point – Beach only
Wasaga Beach – Exercise and beach
Southeast Region Northwest Region
Bon Echo – Exercise and beach
Charleston Lake – Beach only
Sandbanks – Beach only
Sharbot Lake – Exercise only
Blue Lake – Exercise only
Pakwash – Beach only
Sandbar Lake – Beach only
Northeast Region
Chutes – Exercise only
Driftwood – Exercise only
Esker Lakes – Exercise only
Fairbank – Exercise only
Finlayson Point – Excercise and beach
Halfway Lake – Exercise only
Ivanhoe Lake – Beach only
Killarney – Beach only
Kettle Lakes – Exercise and beach
Lake Superior, Agawa Bay – Exercise only
Pancake Bay – Exercise and beach
Samuel de Champlain – Exercise only
Six Mile Lake – Exercise and beach
Wakami Lake – Beach only
White Lake – Exercise and beach
Windy Lake – Beach only

Check with park staff upon arrival to ask exactly where the beach and/or exercise areas are.

dog in boat, dog on beach

Bark, bark, grr, ruff, bark! (that means: “Happy Trails”)!